Redding to Shasta Lake Tour

Natural wonders and modern marvels await you.

The Redding to Shasta Lake Tour begins in Redding, CA and takes you on a journey to see the amazing engineering and natural wonders packed into this scenic corner of California.

Destinations on this tour include:

  • Manhattan Bagel

  • Roots Juice Bar

  • Sacramento River Rail Trail

  • Diestelhorst Bridge

  • Keswick Dam

  • Shasta Dam

  • Shasta Lake

  • Moonstone Bistro

The tour will take you across two bridges. First, the iconic Sundial Bridge. The Sundial Bridge is one of the largest Sundials on the planet! Enjoy the views as you ride over the bridge and appreciate the stunning design of this unique structure. The historic Diestelhorst Bridge was constructed in 1914-15 and became the first reinforced concrete bridge for cars over the Sacramento River. It's listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Scenic views along the Sacramento River Trail.

There are 2 dams on this tour as well. Sitting 157 feet high above the Sacramento River, the Keswick Dam acts as an afterbay dam controlling river fluctuations from the Shasta Powerplant. It has fish trapping facilities in conjunction with the Coleman Fish Hatchery, 25 miles downstream on Battle Creek. Fly fishing, spin and bait fishing, takes place on the south end of the reservoir. At the pinnacle of the route is Shasta Dam, which at 602 feet high is the ninth-tallest dam in the United States. It also forms the largest reservoir in California. When electricity would run out during WWII the Shasta Dam would provide the resource to California factories. It still plays a vital role in managing the state's water resources today.

Surrounding these structures is a landscape unlike any other. From Shasta Dam, you'll get a view of Shasta Lake which has a surface of 301 acres at full pool and is surrounded by the Shasta-Trinity National Forest. Riding along the Sacramento River Rail Trail from the southern trailhead at Keswick Dam, you'll ride through dense woodlands and get incredible views of the river and the nearby mountainous landscape.

Capping off this wonderful journey are local restaurants and cafes to fuel your ride. The tour begins at Manhattan Bagel and Roots Juice Bar, and ends with a fresh, seasonal and organic feast at Moonstone Bistro.

Take the full tour.

The Redding to Shasta Lake Tour was developed by Visit Redding and MCB. With mountains all around, miles of hiking and biking trails, a river running through it, and national parks nearby, Redding is an outdoor paradise for young and old alike. Cradled by Mount Shasta and Mount Lassen, Redding has 300+ sunny days per year. It's a great place to escape the chill of spring and the gray days of winter, too! Call 1-800-874-7562 for assistance planning your adventure.

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